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Blues/Rock - Back

Lil' Al's Combo
This veteran Ottawa Classic Rock/Blues band is a 3 piece acoustic or electric combo suited to all venues big or small. The profile of this group is continuing to grow with their two shows at the 2004 Mont Tremblant Blues Festival to their recent NAC and Rideau Carleton Slots bookings. Recording wise at the start of '98 they recorded their first CD called "Ain't Gonna Worry". While regularly playing the circuit they were also working on a second release titled "Ready to Play", composed of a more swing blues style as opposed to the first CD with a "Rocky-er" edge to it. Just recently they released a third CD titled "Where Didja Go?" using an acoustic band and live recording to get that raw folksy blues sound.

Bobby Cameron
Bobby Cameron is a riveting live performer in tandem with his powerful, original music. From acoustic to electric, from a whisper to a scream, the guitar in the hands of Bobby Cameron can evoke the full range of human emotions in a listener. He combines breath-taking technical virtuosity with emotional directness and honesty. Bobby stands alone playing and singing his songs with the consuming passion of someone burning to be heard. Bobby's playing is anchored in the Celtic soulfulness of his Cape Breton, NS, upbringing and takes full flight into the heartlands of Roots, Folk, and Blues-Rock. While encountering these textures in his newly adopted home of Ottawa, Ontario, the sum of his many influences is music with a unique twist and style.

James Anthony
Cambridge, Ontario guitarist/vocalist/songwriter James Anthony has a unique style and grace along with a feel for a range of electric and acoustic music stemming from Blues to R & B, Jazz, Swing and Country. However the one feature that James is most renowned for is his captivating slide guitar work. James is looked upon being a "Guitarist's guitarist" especially after winning the Coca-Cola, Fender Guitar Warz 1989 in Toronto. Song Writing is what he does best and with honesty he will leave his audience with a feeling of complete musical satisfaction that is sure to propel James Anthony into the hearts of listeners and fans of the Guitar everywhere.

Paul Deslauriers Band
Montreal, Quebec Blues/Classic Rock power trio who perform blues and rock originals and covers. Paul was one of the driving forces behind Canadian Blues/Rock band Black Cat Bone and is truly an awesome guitarist. This can be verified by the amount of road and session work, Paul is called upon to do with other blues artists. Paul has performed with Dawn Tyler Watson, Garou, Amanda Marshall and France D'amour and has opened for Colin James. As well as recording with the Paul Deslauriers band, and Black Cat Bone, you can hear some of Paul's guitar work on Bryan Lees CD "Heat Seeking Missile". The Paul Deslauriers Band are fast becoming a regular fixture at Tucsons in Ottawa. Paul also has an incredible acoustic guitar/vocal show with another awesome blues guitarist/vocalist Trevor Finlay that is a joy to watch as two great guitarists share a stage rapport without ego clashes to produce acoustic blues that way it should be played and enjoyed.

Shaun Riley Blues Band
From Kingston, Ontario, features 20-year-old Shaun Riley on lead guitar and vocals. The bands shows are heavily influenced by an appreciation of the Chicago, Texas and Roadhouse blues style. The band performs regularly in bars, taverns and festivals all over Ontario.

Harmonica Zeke
Zeke is a dazzling acoustic guitarist, singer and harmonica player. With his unusually talented bass player Odette Mercure, they have been bluesing together for years, captivating audiences with every festival performance. In Zeke's own words - "Imagine for a moment Junior Wells or Paul Butterfield streaming from his harp rack. Close your eyes and you'd swear it was Muddy Waters tearing it up on slide guitar! Who's singin'? Big Walter Horton or John Lee Hooker?" Zeke gladly acknowledges numerous influences, yet his renditions are unlike anyone else's - you get the impression that he's completely rewritten the songs to suit his own style and spirit! Be it folk or blues, all is unmistakably steeped in the musical traditions of the American South.

Kate Morrison
A British Columbian native now living in Montreal, whose "eclectic" originals and covers, in English and French, are completely free of labels. She has an unusual charisma, an engaging personality, sensitivity and a subtle sense of humour. Her voice...exploited in an exceptional manner, and her song writing...each syllable married to each note, make her an artist of full dimension.

Kathy Kennedy Band
A versatile Ottawa Rockin' Blues/R&B show, covering artists such as of Susan Tedeschi, Etta James, The Band, Sheryl Crow, and many others, as well as original material. Backed by one of the tightest rhythm sections around, Kathy Kennedy is in her element when she's onstage belting out her own interpretations of rockin' blues and R&B classics. Her commitment to keeping the best of authentic roots music sounding alive and vital has resulted in a stage presentation that is creating a buzz in local music circles, and is winning a steady following.

From Vancouver B.C., a dynamic 3 piece band with original House Rockin Funk Style Guitar, Taxi's singer songwriter Paul Willms with Curtis Leippi (Drums) and Dave Augustine (Bass & Backing Vocals) produce a Soulful Groove with an aggressive edge and intensity accompanied by powerful throaty vocals. A three piece horn section has recently been added to Taxi's stage creating slick sounds that have the crowds buzzing. They are currently looking to tour in Eastern Canada.

Slippery Slope
Six guys and two girls from Ottawa/Montreal who play Motown/Soul/R&B covers that will definitely get you in the mood for dancing and having fun. Get down tonight!

This Ottawa band is a 12-piece group that performs many Motown hits from the 60's and 70's. Moetown consists of drums, percussion, bass, guitar, keyboards, 4 vocalists and a 3-piece horn section.

Start It Up
A gutsy blues-based trio from the Durham Region, consisting of Lou DeAdder on guitar/vocals, Frank Woodcock on drums/vocals and Brett Piekarz on bass/vocals. The band performs the old blues standards along with quite a variety of material including artists such as Robben Ford, Albert Collins, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd to name a few.

Stevie Re Visited
This Brockville trio perform the ultimate tribute to the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan featuring Johnny Richards on guitar and vocals. Others have tried but this band has it down. From Testify, Rude Mood & Lenny to Telephone Song, Wall of Denial, Riviera Paradise, and the sobering "Life by the Drop", there is no better tribute to the creative style that was " Stevie Ray".

Didi Thunder
Female Singer/Songwriter/Harmonica player from Almonte who plays a mean blues harp but also likes any music that interests her. Didi plays either cross or straight harmonica styles. She also plays guitar and drums. She is presently putting together a new touring band for her new demo CD but is available for session or accompanist jobs.